Doors to open at shut gym?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ACTON – A bill making its way through Sacramento is aimed at opening the doors to Vasquez High School’s gym that’s been closed for about two years. The rented facility once housed P.E. classes, basketball practices and other everyday activities, but the games came to an end after about five years, because the temporary building wasn’t designed to be used that long. It sits locked and beyond the touch of students and teachers while the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District waits for the state to authorize its use again. The proposal sponsored by Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, would allow the school to use the facility for everyday use again while the inspection process continues. She hopes the gym will open by the start of the next school year. “We really desperately hope we get the gym open. It’s more than just a gym. It’s an assembly room. A mini hall. A place where kids can go in inclement weather. We can have many activities there,” said Principal Martin Young. With the gym closed, P.E. class usually takes place outside, with students using the football and baseball fields, basketball courts and sand courts for exercise. The school also has a weight room where students work out. Meanwhile, basketball and volleyball teams practice on courts inside High Desert School. Although the high school can play host to volleyball games there, they can’t do the same for basketball because the court isn’t regulation-size. As a result, the basketball team hasn’t had a home game for about two years, said Buck Weber, assistant principal. Weber said having the gym open again would bring more activities for students. “On a day-to-day basis, it opens up a slew of opportunities to do during P.E.,” he said. Two athletic groups outside of the district currently use the gym for practice and have their own insurance, said Buck Weber, assistant principal. But the district’s insurance won’t cover Vasquez High School students without a permit to use the gym. The district has been struggling with ways to finance a permanent facility for the Vasquez High School campus. It recently applied for about $13 million in hardship funding from the state to help pay for costs of a new school. But the district learned that it will likely have to pass a bond before the state will step in with assistance. Voters in the past have struck down three school construction bonds. A large retired population in the community has rallied hard against the bonds in the past. But Runner said the faces of Acton and Agua Dulce are changing and that there are new people moving in who could have a different way of thinking about the bonds. “I think the population is really changing, and they need to look out for what’s happening to the students,” she said. Sue Doyle, (661)257-5254 [email protected]last_img

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